Getting to shul is important; not making a chilul hashem is too.
Home surveillance footage out of Howell is making the rounds, putting all frum Jews in a bad light. The footage shows a group of men on Shabbos morning ostensibly making their way to shul and using a neighbor’s backyard as a shortcut.
The homeowner publicly posted the video, captioning it with his confusion as to why they “keep” coming into his yard. His lack of understanding of what’s happening is obvious and understandable – why should he know or care?
But the act of going through someone else’s backyard without prior permission is not only illegal, it is terrible for neighbor relations.
The trespassing might be innocent; they surely had no malign intentions. But the effect is the same.
If you want to use a neighbor’s backyard as a shortcut, or if you need to use a neighbor’s property for any purpose, ask first. Not doing so ccould make a serious chilul hashem and paint all frum Jews in a bad light simply by association.